Hanna's Bananas (Pleistocene to of Bahamas)

Where: San Salvador, Bahamas (24.0° N, 74.5° W: paleocoordinates 24.0° N, 74.5° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene to Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• We dug numerous trenches and test pits but most of the sediment was evidently recent and highly organic, this black layer extending to over a meter in depth in some places. Beneath ledges, an orangish inorganic sediment was reached at depths of about 0.25 to 0.5 m. The sediment was moist and did not lend itself to dry screening with fine mesh, so we had to remove it from the pit and spread it out to dry. Bones were scarce, consisting mainly of bats and a few lizards and birds. From a crevice high on one wall we obtained numerous very dark bones of the bat Macrotus waterhousei in dusty, white deposits of guano.

Environment/lithology: sinkhole; lithology not reported

• the sediment was evidently recent and highly organic, this black layer extending to over a meter in depth in some places

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: bone collector

Reposited in the USNM

Collection methods: surface (in situ), sieve,

Primary reference: S. L. Olson, G. K. Pregill, and W. B. Hilgartner. 1990. Studies on Fossil and Extant Vertebrates from San Salvador (Watling's) Island, Bahamas. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 508:1-24 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 190744: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 16.12.2017

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

unclassified
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Osteichthyes
 Salientia - Hylidae
Aves
 Passeriformes - Mimidae
Mimus gundlachii Cabanis 1855 Bahama mockingbird
 Passeriformes - Thraupidae
Coereba flaveola Linnaeus 1758 bananaquit
 Procellariiformes - Procellariidae
Reptilia
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
cf. Crocodylus sp. Laurenti 1768 crocodile
USNM uncatalogued
 Squamata - Iguanidae
Leiocephalus loxogrammus curly-tailed lizard
Cyclura rileyi rock iguana
 Squamata - Polychrotidae
Anolis sagrei Dumeril and Bibron 1837 Brown anole
Mammalia
 Chiroptera - Phyllostomidae
Macrotus waterhousii leaf-nosed bat